Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

Miss Nauru to highlight violence against women at regional pageant

Finch is currently in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea where the pageant is underway.

The student is currently enrolled at the University of the South Pacific Nauru Campus doing preliminary studies in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in the Agricultural sector.

Meet Miss Tuvalu 2019

Just last month Miss Pasua represented Tuvalu at various at the United Nations Youth Climate Change Summit in New York, and also as Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador.

She said: “I am the second daughter born into a country known for its culture and togetherness. I am proud to say that I was not only raised by my immediate family but the community of Tuvalu – a common story for any Tuvaluan.

Meet Miss Samoa 2019

“My name is Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland Seumanu. I am 24 years old, a Public Health Nurse by profession; a dance and music enthusiast; and Miss Samoa 2019.

“I am excited to be part of this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, representing my homeland. I am eager to meet each one of my Pacific sisters and get to know them.

I hope throughout the pageant week, we will exemplify the beauty of each of our culture and country that make the Pacific Islands vibrant and unique.”

Amazing journey for Miss PNG

Kariha and the other five contestants of the 2018 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, accompanied by the current Miss Pacific Islands, paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister of Tonga, Akilisi Pōhiva, on Tuesday.

“I was especially honoured to meet the Prime Minister of our host country,” she said. "This has been a busy but an amazing journey for me so far!

“Judging begins today with the research topic presentation. I will be talking on empowerment of women. This is such an important topic not just for my country but on a broader scale for the Pacific region.

Regional Pageant board judging criteria under scrutiny

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi assured reigning Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo that the Board can expect a formal letter from the government.

Iakopo was crowned first runner up in the regional pageant that was held in Fiji last week.

“In my eyes and in the eyes of your country, you are still a winner in our book,” Tuilaepa told Iokopo when she paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.

On the same token, he is pleased with the overall performance by Miss Samoa and has accepted with pride the outcome.

Modern materials in a traditional story

“Many still do to this day,” says Molly O’Rourke, chairperson of Miss Pacific Islands Pageant (MPIP) PNG.

She says opportunities such as the pageant puts PNG on a different scale.

“Because we can do more than that (headdress and bare-chest)… This is where these ladies (designers) come in with their different cultures and talents,” she said.

The chairperson further explained that a designer’s role now is to use modern materials but speak a traditional story.

Voting for Miss Pacific Islands pageant 2016 begins

The pageant week begins with a church service and over the course of the week will assess each contestants through various activities planned.

Contestants representing eight Pacific Islands - American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga have all gathered in Apia, Samoa.

Contestants and their teams started arriving in Samoa last week for the 30th anniversary of the Miss Pacific Islands.

Miss PNG team arrive in Samoa

The team settled into Taumeasina Island Resort, owned by PNG’s Lamana Group.

The hotel, opened only in June this year, will be host to the eight Pacific Island contestants and their team over the duration of the pageant.

The resort is an official sponsor of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant.

“Taumeasina is just awesome. Our PNG flag is just flying high outside. We’re so proud as all the contestants and their teams arrive,” the team spokesperson relayed.

Abigail Havora’s final Week as Miss Pacific 2015

Havora boarded the plane today with the rest of team PNG who are travelling to Samoa for the regional pageant.

This will be her final trip as the regional queen and ambassador, a title she had carried since being crowned in Cook Islands, last year.

“I started as a young eager Papua New Guinean and with every opportunity, shone light on the good side of my country,” Havora said.

“How do I unite a region?” was the first question that hit her hard.

But after soul searching, she is confident to tell her successor that it’s all about values.

Digicel welcomes Miss Nauru to Samoa

Detsiogo who is also a Digicel brand ambassador arrived yesterday afternoon.

She met with Digicel executives including CEO Rory Condon in Apia today.

Loop Samoa spoke with Detsiogo who was crowned Miss Nauru in a pageant in her home nation early this year.

Detsiogo says the fun and adventure during the pageant were at times nerve racking.

"Especially the public speaking times. It’s so hard to speak when you have a lot of people staring back at you," she said.